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Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they never run out of things to say! Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.

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Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they never run out of things to say! Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.

    Aug. 11: Lucky Ball Drops to The Rangers

    Aug. 11: Lucky Ball Drops to The Rangers

    Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. The guys discuss the results of the NHL’s Phase 2 Draft Lottery and the New York Rangers being awarded the #1 pick (0:23). Grant Wahl, Host of Fútbol Podcast, joins to chat about select MLS teams looking into allowing some fans into the stands once the regular season resumes and how successful the league’s Orlando bubble was for their MLS is Back Tournament (22:02). Nate Duncan, Co-Host of Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast, shares his early thoughts on the Toronto Raptors’ first round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets and which team will hold onto the 8th seed in the Western Conference (37:39). MSG Network’s Joe Micheletti joins to discuss the potential for Alexis Lafrenière being drafted to Rangers and how he may fit in onto the team (51:16). Sean Avery, Host of No Gruffs Given podcast weighed on the construction of the Maple Leafs roster, if Auston Matthews is able to unlock the next step in his game, and which teams are exciting to watch in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs (1:12:14).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    Aug. 10: Rinse and Repeat

    Aug. 10: Rinse and Repeat

    Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. Stephen Brunt jumps on to discuss the season ending for the Maple Leafs and what’s next for the group (0:23). NHL play-by-play voice on NBC Mike Emrick weighs in on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which teams are bigger threats to win the Cup, and the type of coaching style John Tortorella brings to Columbus (21:43). Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada analyst Elliotte Friedman talks about what a bold move from the Leafs similar to the Raptors trading for Kawhi Leonard would look like and which team needs the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (50:26). Plus, former NHLer PJ Stock drops by to chat about what needs to be done to bolster Toronto’s roster, what went right for the Blue Jackets in the qualifiers and if Auston Matthews has separated himself from the good players to being one of the best players in the NHL (1:14:31).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Aug. 7: Heart-Breaking Loss For The Leafs

    Aug. 7: Heart-Breaking Loss For The Leafs

    Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. We discuss the Leafs giving up a 3-goal lead in their Game 3 loss to the Blue Jackets (0:22). Sportsnet 650’s Corey Hirsch on the Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets series, and the Canucks being on the brink of advancing past the Wild (25:12). Raptors radio voice Eric Smith on the team’s play in Orlando thus far ahead of Friday’s match-up with the Boston Celtics (35:24). Hockey Central’s Justin Bourne on the Maple Leafs’ Game 3 loss, and the impact of Jake Muzzin’s absence (48:22). Blue Jackets TV analyst Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre on his successful prediction of a big Game 3 from Pierre-Luc Dubois, and how he could see Columbus following that up in Game 4 (1:11:25). Which Toronto team has the best young core ?







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    August 6: Game Three

    August 6: Game Three

    Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. We get ready for the third game between the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets (02:55). Maple Leafs radio voice Joe Bowen discusses the series thus far, and the impact of the Leafs’ loss of Jake Muzzin (18:50). Eric Hawerchuk – son of Dale Hawerchuk – discusses the #HawerchukStrong initiative, and the outpouring of support from the hockey community in his dad’s renewed battle with gastric cancer (36:51). TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie on the Canadiens having the Penguins on the brink of elimination, the Oilers’ struggles with the Blackhawks, and Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets (52:37). Sportsnet’s Michael Grange on the Raptors off of Wednesday’s win over the Magic, and Fred VanVleet’s future with the team ahead of his free agency (1:10:19).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Aug. 5: Leafs Even Things Up

    Aug. 5: Leafs Even Things Up

    Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. We discuss the Maple Leafs’ 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 2, and the unfortunate injury to Jake Muzzin. Blue Jackets analyst Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre on the Blue Jackets’s game two performance (19:28). ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on the NBA’s return thus far (35:28). Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on the Leafs’ Game 2 performance, and the team’s reaction to Muzzin’s injury (50:19). The “Nothing Personal with David Samson” Podcast’s David Samson on MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s statement that the league’s COVID-19 protocols are working, and his impressions of the season thus far (1:11:50).

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Aug. 4: Leafs and Blue Jackets Set For Game 2

    Aug. 4: Leafs and Blue Jackets Set For Game 2

    Jeff Blair and Richard Deitch host. We preview Game 2 of the Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets Stanley Cup qualifier with Columbus play-by-play voice Jeff Rimer (13:19) and Leafs Nation Pre- and Post-Game’s Nick Alberga and Gord Stellick (25:38). The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones on the NFL’s attempts to play through the pandemic, and the player opt-outs thus far (53:00). Atlanta Braves President of Baseball Operations/GM Alex Anthopoulos on the loss of staff ace Mike Soroka for the season due to a torn Achilles, the quality of play thus far, and navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic (1:12:37).

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

R374457975 ,

Sound level issues.

I agree with other comments regarding the sound. I find the levels are messed up - especially the music/effects during breaks. They are unbearably loud to the point they startle me every time. I listen at night while trying to relax and it’s terribly annoying. Thanks.

HowardSB ,

Donnovan is great

All the hosts are very good or better but Donnovan is a vital new voice. Hope he stays.

Kirby.z ,

One at a time please

I have never taken a course in broadcasting but I imagine that they teach you not to talk over your cohost on the first day of classes.

Jeff Blair, I am looking at you.

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